Imposing a code of ethics on the justices who serve on the Supreme Court is a political idea that — like much of the rest of American politics — has split proponents and opponents down the middle.
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. says neither Congress nor the White House is empowered to dictate conditions to the high court — and that any attempt to do so upsets the balance between the three coequal branches of government.
Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project and a former clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, said the statement amounted to a united front.
“Any Democrat justice who now deviates from that unanimous statement looks like they are dipping their toes in the political waters,” he said.
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